Maria Kentrota

Maria Kentrota was born in Piraeus in 1972. In 1991, she successfully sat the entrance examinations for the Athens School of Fine Arts, achieving first place. She served as an educator in primary, secondary and post-secondary (Vocational Training Institutes, VTI) public and private education (2nd VTI of Patras, 2nd TEE of Perama, TEE & VTI Omega Athens, Xenopoulos School in Palaio Faliro, M. Labiri Educational Institutions in Moschato), as well as in the Municipal Cultural Development Enterprise of Rio. Since 2003 she has served as a Special and Laboratory Teaching Staff in the course “Didactics of Fine Arts” at the Department of Education Sciences and Early Childhood Education at the University of Patras. Between 1991 and 1997 she studied Painting at the Workshop of Prof. D. Kokkinidis. Alongside her studies in painting, she studied Hagiography at the Workshop of Professor K. Xynopoulos and the art of Mosaics at the Workshop of Professor G. Valavanidis. She also studied Education and Psychology of Education under Professor A. Danassis and History of Art under Professor M. L. Plaka. Between 1997 and 1999 she attended the Sculpture Department at the Athens School of Fine Arts, participating in the Workshop of Professor Th. Panourias. In 2002 she elected to continue her studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts with the purpose of obtaining a second degree, this time from the Department of Engraving and the Workshop of Prof. V. Kazakos. Concurrently with her studies in engraving, she attended a course in Didactics of Art with Professor T. S. Doukoumetzidou, and a course in Scenography at the Workshop of Professor G. Ziakas.